Madison, IN

With its deep windows and stout walls, this post office in Madison, Indiana, shown circa 1911, looks like it could withstand a siege. Due to a boom in transportation along the Ohio River (and a bust when rail transportation routes led elsewhere), Madison has an amazing collection of beautiful old homes and buildings that went up during the good times but escaped being torn down to make way for “progress.” In fact, 133 blocks of Madison are on the National Register of Historic Places. Sadly, this post office did not survive, but, according to Diana Hand of the Jefferson County Historical Society, homes in Madison were built from its bricks.

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